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Levine, Hunsicker candidates to watch for Astros

Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:36 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2011 11:53 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

With Ed Wade reportedly set to be given his walking papers Monday by new Astros owner Jim Crane, the ballclub will be searching for a new general manager very soon. With Houston favorite Andrew Friedman likely out of the running, Thad Levine is an early candidate to watch, sources have told CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler.

Levine, 40, is the assistant general manager for the Texas Rangers, a position he's held since 2005 -- when Jon Daniels was hired as the youngest GM in baseball history. The Rangers' brain trust has put together back-to-back American League championship clubs, and this was an organization that had previously never won a playoff series, so Levine is obviously well-groomed to take over a ballclub of his own.

Also, per Knobler, don't rule out Gerry Hunsicker. He currently works with Friedman as an executive for Tampa Bay, but still has a home in Houston. Hunsicker was the Astros' GM from 1995-2004, presiding over/setting up a period of time that easily qualifies as the best in franchise history -- when the Astros went to the playoffs six times in a nine season span and also made their only World Series appearance.

There's no way of knowing how quickly Houston would want to hire a new GM, considering the firing of Wade hasn't actually happened yet, but the Winter Meetings start in a week, so it would behoove them to make a very quick hire, if possible.

Finally, on the managerial situation, Brad Mills will not be fired, reports Richard Justice.

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Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Levine, Hunsicker candidates to watch for Astros

If Hunsicker thought McLane was cheap, just wait until he starts dealing with Jim Crane. He'll be shocked to find out how much market territoty the Astros have surrendered to the Rangers and may never get back.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Levine, Hunsicker candidates to watch for Astros

Purpura was in no way responsible for the 2005 World Series. The team he had came from the year before. He didn't sign any outstanding free-agents or make any crazy moves. He inherited a rotation of Oswalt-Pettitte-Clemens. He already had Lidge in the pen. 

Purpura was best known for making stupid trades that really shocked the farm system. You can point to him as a reason why the Astros are the worst team in baseball. 



Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Levine, Hunsicker candidates to watch for Astros

I was not trying to take any credit away from Hunsicker, and I definitely was not trying to make anyone throw up, but was merely correcting a misstatement in the original blog post. As originally posted it read that Hunsicker was the GM for the most successful time in Astros history, including their only World Series appearance. I wanted to point out that Hunsicker was in fact not GM when the Astros went to the Series.  After my post, the original blog was edited and the "presiding over/setting up a period of time" language was added. Personally I would be quite happy to see Hunsicker back with the organization.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Levine, Hunsicker candidates to watch for Astros

I just read the name Purpura and threw up in my mouth. Millsy needs to stay right where he is. Hunsicker is the man.


mackchose
Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 10:46 am
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Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 7:58 am
 

Levine, Hunsicker candidates to watch for Astros

Its about time Wade and the rest got run off.  If you want to have a good farm team. the mad for that job is Jim Herny 




Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 4:10 am
 

Levine, Hunsicker candidates to watch for Astros

Yes, but Hunsicker was the one who laid all the groundwork.



Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:51 pm
 

Levine, Hunsicker candidates to watch for Astros

While Gerry Hunsicker did a great job during his tenure with the Astros, Tim Purpura was the Astros GM when they went to the World Series in 2005.




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